Chicago Travel Advisory Updated to Include Every State Except Vermont Ahead of Labor Day

Chicago recently updated its travel advisory list to include every U.S. state except for Vermont, ahead of an expected increase in travel over Labor Day weekend.

The update, which was issued on Tuesday, includes 48 states, as well as Washington D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. According to the update, the 48 states added to the city's travel advisory list, are all reporting more than 15 new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

The travel advisory said that any unvaccinated individual arriving in Chicago from any of the 48 states should receive a negative COVID-19 test at least three days before they arrive in Chicago.

The advisory also noted that unvaccinated Chicago residents returning to the city after traveling to one of the 48 states are advised to get tested for COVID-19, three to five days after they return and to quarantine for at least seven days. If unvaccinated travelers returning to Chicago do not want to get tested, they are required to self-quarantine for 10 days.

"Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days," the advisory said.

Travelers that are fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus are exempt from the advisory's requirements, but they are urged to follow basic mitigation measures, such as mask wearing and social distancing.

According to data published by the Chicago Department of Public Health, Mississippi is currently the state with the highest rate of new cases, as they are averaging around 106.1 new daily cases per 100,000 residents. At least 14 other states are averaging more than 50 new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, according to the data.

"Unfortunately COVID is surging across the entire United States," Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said during a press conference earlier this week. "We're doing much better than that here in Chicago, but nevertheless the news remains not good from a COVID perspective at the national level."

The updated travel advisory list comes just a few days before Labor Day weekend, where more Americans are likely to travel to other parts of the country.

During a recent White House COVID-19 task force press briefing, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that as the COVID-19 Delta variant continues to spread, those who are unvaccinated should not travel.

"People who are fully vaccinated, and who are wearing masks, can travel," Walensky said during the briefing. "Although, given where we are with disease transmission right now, we would say that people need to take these risks into their own consideration as they think about traveling."

Newsweek reached out to the Chicago Department of Public Health for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

COVID-19 Travel Advisory
Chicago recently updated its travel advisory list to include 48 states. Above, signs warn travelers of COVID-19 in New York’s LaGuardia Airport on November 24, 2020 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty